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Feb 22, 2013 5:00pm EST
. but what i can say is when i was offered this job by secretary clinton, the office had lost a competence of key players on capitol hill and others in the u.s. government. so i just produce a chance to start over anything probably a lot of what we are doing with the original conception. and i'm trying not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. probably nobody has said that since her grandmother died. so my feeling is they think the original intent was to be strategic and to have a policy influence. and then i think when it went through its middle stages a coordinator and never gain traction in the state department. so it then went into a kind of supplier of people, which i thought was too limited. so we've tried to recapture that want to be part of the conversation. we've been very fortunate to have the support for secretary clinton for the first year of our existing and now what we are finding that only been in a handful of meetings with secretary kerry, but in every one of the meanings, he has said, or bring the ideas. give me some out-of-the-box thinking. we've got to find another w
Feb 22, 2013 9:00am EST
is that when i was offered this job by secretary clinton, the prior office had lost the confidence of key players on capitol hill and others in the u.s. government. so i just thought it was a chance to start over. and i think that probably a lot of what we are doing was originally -- was in the original conception. and we've tried -- i'm trying not to throw the baby with the bathwater, probably nobody said that since the grandmother died, right? i don't know why that phrase came up. >> perfectly good phrase. >> so my feeling is that i think the original intent was to be strategic and to have a policy influence. and didn't i think when it went through its middle stages as a coordinator it had lost, it never gained traction in the state department. and so then went into a kind of a supplier of people come which i thought was too limited. so we try to recapture that and want to be part of a policy conversation. we've been very fortunate to have a dynamic support of secretary clinton for the first year of our existence. and now what we're finding is, i've only been in a handful of meetings wi
Feb 20, 2013 12:00pm EST
.s. diplomat in the canadian capital during the clinton administration. john manly is the chief exhibit of the council's chief executives. you can't get much more execs than that. he's a former prime minister of finance, foreign affairs and trade and industry. he led the response to the 9/11 attacks and chaired the independent task force on the future of north america david is with the national security program at the center for strategic international studies here in washington and a former senior official of the u.s. energy department and was involved in negotiations for the u.s.-canada free trade agreement and the north american free trade agreement. and rita savage is the bureau chief. in a moment our conversation begins we will hear from all of our guests on the stage and also from our studio audience a little bit later. first let's take the next five minutes and bring some context to the conversation. >> of almost every level, the u.s.-canada relationship though occasionally up by the storm is the envy of the world. integrated industries and economies, the world's largest trade mo
Feb 19, 2013 9:00am EST
in 1996 at the beginning of the president's first term, president clinton's first term, is now is the opportune time. so what we need to do as americans is to quit complaining and push these guys to make a compromise they have to make in order to get something real done that put our fiscal house in order spent as erskine said, he spent hours, and days, in his work as the last person to balance the budget in the united states by working with newt gingrich and dick armey. he often says you only one, but i don't -- but he's that kind of savvy, mr. steady. and if he can't, if you can't, and i admire him deeply, watched him, he's a tremendous man, he's the best of the best, if he with his skill and negotiating skills can't get us there, it won't get there. and the markets will do the shot. and they don't care a whit about who is president or they don't care a whit about democrats or a whit about republicans. they care about their money. and if anybody can't figure that out, you know, you have a rock for brains. >> you have the last word here. >> i don't want it to. [laughter] >> whe
Feb 20, 2013 5:00pm EST
. he can in one time and took almost a year in the clinton administration if you recall that period of time. so, we may be under a different watch for a while of the chairman were to. >> you've watched the commission over the years. how would you characterize some of the changes that have gone on in just how the commission operates in the relationship among the tension how would you characterize the change of the commission over the past ten, 20 years? >> as far as collegiality goes it does vary between the administration and between i think the chairman who set the stage. i think to his credit the commissioners while they are quite split on their philosophy, there - three philosophy i think they all get along personally well and it's to their credit. i don't see any major sports that way. i think if people seem to -- they are adults over there and i think that is relatively good. i do see a lot of differences the commission and by regulated and the one today in the sense of the communications have become so important and you do have the open meeting and they are not able to talk. y
Feb 21, 2013 12:00pm EST
your time back in the state department in the clinton years you were involved in some early efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. i don't know if you have any perspective on less sorns learned -- lessons learned in the approach tried then. >> i think we made a number of mistakes. it was me at least in part. what did we really learn? i think the most important lesson from kyoto is you can not negotiate a treaty unless you're prepared to do stuff at home to meet the requirements. and i think, it wasn't enough thinking that went into what it is that the u.s. was prepared to do domestically before kyoto was negotiated. and then of course we had other reasons it was never submitted to the senate and so on and so on. i think, we were great at the negotiation but it really didn't mean anything because we didn't have a program here to actually get it implemented. the other, the other lesson, and, again, i'm partly the problem here. is that, we had just sort of come off the montreal protocol which i think was a very successful international agreement. and we thought we should model a cli
Feb 19, 2013 12:00pm EST
, and on the 28th of may, 1998, there was a white house meeting with president clinton and sandy beggar. just -- berger. just as they were about to go into berger's office, they received word of a major counteroffensive that had been launched by yugoslav armed forces, by serbian armed forces which during that spring and summer displaced 200,000 people. with winter approaching, early winter in kosovo that year, tony blair gave an impassioned speech to the security council calling for action. as a follow-up to that on the 24th of september, fay toe approved -- nato approved an activation warning, and one week later it approved an activation request which is the next step in forced generation for nato military action. on the 10th of october at the business lounge of heathrow airport, holbrooke met with the contact group. this was an informal body of diplomats from the u.s., the u.k., france, italy, russia and germany. and with foreign minister igor ivanov's endorsement, nato issued an activation order which is one step short of combat, of authorizing combat operations. with that act in hand, mil
Feb 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
with and president clinton. we balanced the budget five of those 14 years. it meant that there was compromise. this requires compromise. this requires the republicans stepping forward with some ideas about how to keep essential services of the government running at the level people have been accustomed to. this is not rocket science. this is people coming together the way that other congresses have done to solve big issues. i suggest that my former colleague on the republican side, go see the movie " "lincoln," because it shows how hard it was back then to get it done. what he did is he gathered people around him in a way i believe president obama is doing by calling republicans, talking to them, trying to work with them, and when that happens, big things get solved. the fiscal cliff got solved because people started talking to one another. >>> up next assistant secretary of state discusses u.s. foreign policy efforts to improve conflict prevention and addressing crises. the secretary of the newly created state department team responsible for the government's role of countries and conflict in
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